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No matter where you live and no matter where you want your garden to grow, it is possible to have a beautifully colored garden 12 months out of the year. It will likely require some planning and extensive work on your part, but it can be well worth the trouble.

• Consider your climate. You need to look at what types of plants do well year round. If you live in the southern part of the United States, you'll likely experience problems of overly hot and extended summers, but then you'll have the benefit of having a shorter winter season. If you're in the northern part of the United States, you'll have a regular seasonal plant life, but you have to consider the length and significance of your winter.
• Pick out plants that will do well year round. Talk with experts at your nursery to figure out which plants do well in your particular region. Look closely at annuals and perennials, and consider some other plants that will do well for your part of the world.
• Consider non-traditional plants. If you look at getting some year-round berry plants for your garden, or maybe some rhododendrons, you may be better off. These can provide a lot of color for your garden year round.
• Vines and shrubs. Vines and shrubs bloom nicely at different periods throughout the year.
• Group your colors in your garden. You don't necessarily need vibrant hues to make your garden attractive. In the winter months, consider using different shades of green and white to make your garden into a nice place to stay. Try different textures and shapes of leaves and use bright green grasses to add flare to your garden. Try adding white blooming flowers to accent your garden. Bright colors, however, are nice, as well. Try putting the brightest colors in your garden in the back rows. They are more eyecatching when farther away. Put the darker hued colors in front. Both will stand out.
• Add color by using nice plant containers. Get pots that are several feet tall to add some nice flare to your garden. You can get containers in just about any shape, size, or color. Pick and choose wisely to complement the plants you have. This is a technique that is widely used in the winter months to make a garden more attractive.